One of the three members of the police commission in the small town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, has no trouble making racist outbursts in public, loudly declaring that President Obama is a “fucking nigger.” You’d think when that went public he might at least act contrite, but he’s doubling down. He wrote this response to the woman who blew the whistle on him:
“While I believe the problems associated with minorities in this country are momentous, I am not phobic. My use of derogatory slang in reference to those among them undeserving of respect is no secret. It is the exercise of my 1st Amendment rights,” it read. “I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse [sic]. For this I do not apologize – he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
And at least one other member of the police commission is just fine with it:
Copeland and another commissioner, Ron Goodgame, did not return calls seeking comment last night. But commission Chairman Joseph Balboni said he has no plans to ask Copeland to resign.
“I think it’s crazy. Bob is a very nice person, and he’s been very generous to the town of Wolfeboro,” Balboni said.
“He’s worked with a lot of blacks in his life. . . . He said some harsh words about Mr. Obama, and here we are. This woman, she’s blowing it all out of proportion.”
Yeah, he’s worked with black people so he can’t possibly be racist. I bet he even lets them use his bathroom. A meeting of the commission was packed with people demanding his resignation on Thursday night and he offered more idiotic excuses:
In the parking lot after the meeting, Copeland told one woman that when he called Obama “that f—— n—–,” he was speaking politically and not racially.
“The comment I made was directed at one single person. I have nothing but hatred for the president,” he said.
Oh, okay. Then that makes it perfectly fine, amirite? His few defenders were equally ridiculous:
Three residents spoke in defense of Copeland, and about four more applauded them.
“He got in trouble because he said this in Democratic New Hampshire. If he had said this in Republican New Hampshire, who knows what might have happened,” said Frank Bader, who asked why the crowd wasn’t equally outraged by racially charged comments from leaders of the Black Panthers.
Really? That’s the best argument you can make? First of all, the Black Panthers don’t have elected positions in your town. Secondly, you just admitted that Republicans are more racist than Democrats. Good work!
Oh, and guess what? Mitt Romney has a summer home in that town.
Update: Copeland finally did resign. And Romney, to his credit, issued a statement demanding that he do so.